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Eastleigh bettering their great expectations
Eastleigh are on track to better their own London 3 South-West expectations.
The first XV wanted three wins from a set of five games and they have achieved their target with two matches still to play.
Their latest victory came on the road – a dominant first half performance earning them a 31-22 win at Old Mid-Whitgiftian.
Eastleigh turned a five-point deficit into a 7-5 lead when Ash Holland charged down a clearance kick to race over – Jon Lynch adding the extras.
And Lynch was on target with another two conversions before half time – putting the finishing touches to tries from hooker John Lamb and centre Martin Kirby.
Eastleigh captain Russell Smith gave his side the bonus point try and Ash Holland got a second – the home side crossing the line in between.
Whitgiftian never gave in and secured their own bonus point with two late tries.
Eastleigh coach Andy Boyes said: “Our forwards dominated the Old Mid-Whitgiftians pack in every aspect of the game allowing our backs to get some good ball today.
“We should have been at least two more scores ahead at half time but handling errors on the line cost us. Unfortunately, some poor tackling and the boys thinking the game was already won allowed Old Mid-Whitgiftians to score late on.”
Watcyn Lewis’s two first half penalties kept Milton in the match at 13-6 down at the break.
But Camberley ran in five tries over the next 40 minutes.
Ellingham & Ringwood are now just one point off the leaders.
The Es’ latest victims were bottom side Old Wellingtons, who were defeated 50-19 on home soil, despite giving the visitors plenty of problems.
Joe Tarrant was star of the show for the Es.
He touched down a hat-trick of tries to go with others from Olly Grant, a great opportunist score from winger Dan Stewart, one from Dominic Pitt and another from player/coach Phil Osman.
Es’ captain Duncan Soden said: “We weren’t at our best today and a lot of that was down to Old Wellingtonians, who played so well. They definitely don’t look a bottom of the table side.”
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